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JANTRON FEELING AT HOME -- Racing with his fourth different team (Don Schumacher Racing/DSR) in just his third year of Top Fuel competition, Antron Brown is finally feeling like he's found a home -- and the results are starting to show just that...

JANTRON FEELING AT HOME -- Racing with his fourth different team (Don Schumacher Racing/DSR) in just his third year of Top Fuel competition, Antron Brown is finally feeling like he's found a home -- and the results are starting to show just that new-found comfort level. After struggling in the season's first two events, Brown came on to register the fastest pass in four of seven runs at the most recent race at the Gatornationals. He was the fast qualifier in both Saturday's sessions and then had the fastest run in both the quarter- and semi-finals before falling to teammate Tony Schumacher in the final.

"It was great to come back after the first couple of races and to get back on track," said Brown. "We fought through some gremlins here and there in those first two events, but we got back on pace at Gainesville. When you get into a crunch, you really need to have the resources to fall back on -- and with all of the support within our team, everyone at DSR and at Toyota and TRD, that's what we have."

FOUR-WIDE EXPERIENCE -- While this weekend's Four-Wide Nationals at Charlotte will be the first four-wide points race in NHRA history, it won't be a first for three Toyota-sponsored drivers. Antron Brown, Morgan Lucas and Del Worsham each participated in the four-wide exhibition races at Charlotte last season.

Despite running out of the previously un-used far rightmost lane, Brown was barely edged at the line for the victory by Spencer Massey, despite running the fastest ET of the four cars participating. Lucas raced right next to Brown in the 'green' lanes and placed fourth. In Funny Car competition, Worsham also was delegated into one of the two far right lanes and placed third in his exhibition, just .0087 off the fast time despite running in a lane that had just one previous run on the weekend.

LAST YEAR AT CHARLOTTE -- Shawn Langdon advanced to his first-ever Top Fuel final in his rookie season last year at Charlotte. After qualifying seventh, Langdon defeated Doug Kalitta, Terry McMillen and Tony Schumacher to advance to the final where he was beaten by Cory McClenathan. Fellow Toyota driver Larry Dixon was the top qualifier and advanced to the second round. Both Antron Brown (second-fast qualifier) and Morgan Lucas lost in the opening round.

In Funny Car action, Cruz Pedregon was the fastest qualifier in his Toyota Camry Solara and advanced to the semi-finals, defeating Bob Gilbertson and Jack Beckham before eventually falling to Matt Hagen. Del Worsham was eliminated in the first round.

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Larry Dixon , Del Worsham , Tony Schumacher , Doug Kalitta , Cruz Pedregon , Morgan Lucas , Shawn Langdon , Spencer Massey , Terry McMillen